Let's just be honest here. Most of us, regardless of how much we love Jesus, are at least a little intimidated by the thought of having to personally do something in response to Jesus' command to reach out to our neighbors with His Good News. I mean, what if they ask a question I can't answer....or one that I answer incorrectly? Pretty scary stuff when the stakes are so high. But then there's that feeling that we aren't living up to what Jesus told us to do, so we're sorta stuck in the middle.
What we need in order to solve this dilemma is simply a small shift of perspective. Yes, Jesus called some people to go to Africa and some to preach to millions here in America....but He didn't call ALL of us to do those things. Most of the rest of us just need to relax and simply live as an example of Jesus. Those around us need to notice that we're a little different from the world and they need to sense that we really care about them in a helpful way. And the easiest part of it is that the very best way to do these things is to just weave them into the normal rhythms of our everyday lives.
And how might you do that? Hang out in your front yard or walk your dog near your house where you can talk to your neighbors. Get on a first-name basis with the person behind the counter at the bank, the convenience store, or Wal-Mart. Take a casserole to the family next door with a new baby. Encourage your kids to invite neighbor kids to come play in the yard with them. Organize a neighborhood barbeque and have everyone bring food.
And then you simply make friends and let people observe how you live your life, how you handle the good times and the hard ones, and even how you recover when you mess up. Eventually, they'll see that you have something they need and you'll simply speak from your heart about what a difference Jesus makes in your life. It works because it's REAL...and that's all He asks of us.